Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas 2012 Is In The Books

this year's christmas recap includes sing alongs with a grandfather and five grandsons, my new christmas day outfit, my dad and mom with some of their favorite gifts, and delicious food.
this was either feliz navidad or ave maria.  both crowd favorites.
sweater and shirt from j.crew factory; pants from banana republic
my dad was mildly obsessed with his new vest.
my mom and gus enjoying her new snood courtesy of AJD.
delicious food.  filet, baked stuffed shrimp, twice baked potatoes, carrots, and brussel sprouts.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Check One Check Two

did santa bring you everything you wanted?  i had a great christmas eve and day this year.  christmas eve we spent with AJD's dad's side of the family plus some of my fam.  christmas day was breakfast with AJD's mom's side and then to my parents for the rest of the day.  we ate way too much (i'm talking a disgusting amount of food) and then i watched pitch perfect while my mom and AJD took evening naps.  pitch perfect was okay, but i thought it could have been funnier.  i felt like rebel wilson was holding back a little.
 
anyways, i'll recap some of my christmas gifts later in the week, but i just wanted to give another update on my 30 before 30 list.  i checked off another item from my list.  i finally (with AJD's help and motivation), filled our digital picture frame with pictures from the last year.  it's a delight.  
i'm back to work tomorrow for my favorite type a week.  aka a two day work week.   hope everyone had a good hump day!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Friday Love

sometimes i spend hours on youtube.  i'm not one of those people who watches randoms making homemade videos, i prefer celebrities.  this week i seemed to be drawn to joseph gordon levitt (le sigh) and aziz ansari.  enjoy my favorite youtube videos i watched this week:
jgl doing a duet with zooey.  omg.  if this doesn't get you excited for the holidays, then you deserve coal.  i watch this video way too often.  even in the middle of the summer when a holiday song makes no sense.  i just can't stop.
treat yo self.  best day of the year.
aziz ansari talking about his cousin harris.  anytime harris is brought up in aziz's standup it is amazing.
jgl on snl doing a magic mike impression.  this video is so accurate it's scary.  this is exactly what the stripper scenes look like in magic mike.  hilarious.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

118

instead of blogging last night, i watched the movie new year's eve.  welp, that's 118 minutes of my life that i'll never get back.  normally i wouldn't care, but with the whole world ending tomorrow i wish i picked a better movie to spend my 2nd to last night on earth.

when zac efron dancing (grr zac grr) during the end credits is by far the best part of the movie, you know it's a winner.  
no really.  i'm telling you.  that was the best part of the movie.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

An Apple A Day

i'd like to direct your attention to the right side column on the blog.  you'll notice a new ad/link to shabby apple.  shabby apple asked if i wanted to become part of their affiliate program.  this basically means i add an ad on my blog and if any of you click on it and then order something i get gift cards to buy things for myself.  and really, who doesn't like gifts for me.  anyways, i thought to kick off me joining the affiliate program was to show you some of my favorite finds at shabby apple.  they have tons to choose from, so i thought i'd show my favorite pieces that would go great with my freshly painted nails from this weekend.
(color is opi, kennebunkport)
first up is the lovebug blouse.  oh peplum, i just can't quit you.
image from shabbyapple.com
next up is the i'm late i'm late lace dress.  lace was all over the winter wedding i just attended.  i especially love the elbow length sleeves on this little number.
image from shabbyapple.com
and lastly are the gasp flats.  i'm a big fan of this color combo, and i seem to be leaning towards a lot of suede lately so these would certainly fit my current style bill.
image from shabbyapple.com

Monday, December 17, 2012

Last Wedding of 2012

this weekend i attended my last wedding of 2012.  i spent friday and saturday with college friends, drinking more and staying up later than i normally do.  this culminated in attending my friend robyn's wedding on sunday night.  needless to say i'm pooped today.  thankfully i had one last personal day to use before the end of the year, so i got to take the day off from work today which was delightful.  plus it was gross and rainy outside, so i spent it taking a nap and eating a gigantic meatball parm sub.  i may have a stomach ache now, but it was delicious while it was being consumed.  

here are a couple shots from the wedding:
robyn and conrad looking stunning just after saying their i do's.
my college friends who made it up to connecticut for the wedding.

finally, not sure if you noticed that AJD is never featured in any pictures.  rest assure, he attends all these weddings with me, but he won't let me feature him on the blog until our own wedding.  you all better get ready because come next september you're going to be over run with pictures of AJD.  muahahaha.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

How To Not Succeed at an Outfit of the Day Post

so i'm at work today and i say to myself, hmm, i like my outfit today.  i think i'll go home and do an outfit of the day post.  well, the universe had other plans for me.
i'm not even joking when i say these were by far the best shots.  there were far, FAR worse pictures.  it just wasn't meant to happen.  flash in the mirror, too dark in the room, laundry/humidifiers making appearances in the background, awkward too far away pictures.  when the two best pictures are of your shoes and your necklace, you know you've failed at outfit of the day.  also, you can't see, but there's a grease stain on my shirt.  the last time i wore this shirt i had a scarf on, was eating pizza, and obviously dragged my scarf over the greasy slice and then stained my shirt.  then i washed it without knowing and now that shit has set fo' life.

see kids, blogging isn't all that glamorous after all.

p.s. if you are reading this and still care about my outfit, here are the details: j.crew perfect shirt, gap skirt, target merona tights, kenneth cole gentle souls boots, j.crew necklace.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Friday Love

image from jcrew.com
j.crew janey glitter flats.  these shoes are stunning in person.  i saw them on wednesday whilst christmas shopping.  i do have one major beef though j.crew.  these are not flats.  these are low heels.  these would be awesome wedding shoes, but alas, the heel doesn't do it for me, wedding wise.  if i had another locale to wear these, i'd snatch them up so fast.  ballet flats or bust!
my hair cut courtesy of maria from kenzo salon.  i love getting my hair did on a friday.  even though i understand getting your hair done and then going out, i love heading to the salon when i have no plans.  going to the salon is so relaxing and then you come out and you look awesome.  perfect way to wrap up a long week.
surprise package from our awesome wedding photographer, zac wolf photography.  have i mentioned i love our photographer?  he's awesome.  i feel this way and he's never taken a picture for us.  the surprise holiday cookie mix gift was such an amazing surprise on a friday.  sort of like when you're in college and you get a note in your mailbox saying that you have a package.  best feeling ever.
five guys cheeseburger.  this is not my burger.  i had way less toppings.  but you know what?  the burger i had last night was just as delicious as this photo looks.  mmm greasy cheeseburger.  love.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Red Pants Bring Me Back

i haven't rocked red pants in awhile.  back in the day when i had clubbing/bar/slutty gear to go out in, i had some hot red pants.  they were basically entirely made of elastic.  you literally could grab a handful near the thigh, pull them up, and they'd snap back down (not that i would ever do that).  anyways, i was christmas shopping after work today and totally lucked out on some dark red/oxblood/burgundy martin slim ankle wool pants from banana republic that i've been eyeing.  well scratch that.  i haven't just been eyeing them, more like stalking.  this was the third time i tried them on, but i finally pulled the trigger and bought them today to most likely rock on christmas day.  they conveniently were finally on sale at 40%, so i snagged them up.  i originally wasn't sure if i wanted burgundy or hunter green, but my decision was made for me since they didn't have hunter green in my size.  here they are in all their glory in the dressing room:
obviously i won't be wearing these pants with boat shoes, but it was weirdly hot this morning, so spring shoes were worn for the commute.  unfortunately when i finished shopping the temperature had dropped about twenty degrees, so the commute home was less than ideal.  anyways, i still haven't figured out what i'll wear as a top on christmas, but at least i've got the bottoms figured out.  oh, and i did some damage on my christmas shopping list.  i feel oh so accomplished.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It's Peanut Butter Time

i've never been one of those people who was super excited about needing to get engaged, but let me tell you, you all NEED to get engaged.  why you ask?  for the sole purpose of getting to register using a scanning gun, specifically at crate and barrel.  holy god, it is awesome.  we registered on sunday morning at restoration hardware (can't wait to have grown up bedding).  they didn't have a scanning gun and it was enjoyable, but more work.  then last night, we went to crate and barrel and the scanning gun came into my life.  totally awesome.  the lady who worked there who suggested that i scan everything i think i would remotely want, totally underestimated my wish list.  i had to tone down the list like woah when i got home today, but even that was glorious (ie items that are online only).  anyways, moral of the story is, registering for gifts is awesome.

besides registering, sunday involved a work related christmas tree rising party.  there was so. much. food.  it was all delicious though.  i was in charge of dessert, so i made chocolate chip cookies for the kids with peanut allergies attending the party, and then i made these beautes for the peanut butter lovers:
besides food, the drinks were a-flowing.  thankfully the hostess of the party taught a 12 year old how to make martinis and let me tell you, by the end of the party girlfriend could whip up a mean martini.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Love

friday love has been missing the last two weeks, but never fret, your weekly dose is back.
image from piperlime.gap.com
new shoe arrivals from kate spade on piperlime.  o.m.g.  i love these shoes.  the only way they could be improved is if they offer them in navy stripes.  so amazing in every way.
image from gap.com
pocket popover shirt from the gap.  ooooooh love!  i've got outfit ideas running through my head involving brightly colored j.crew no. 2 pencil skirts, tights, and boots.  dear santa, please bring me a gap gift card.
image from wornontv.net
coat worn this week on the mindy project from modcloth.com.  this week's mindy project episode was definitely my favorite of the season so far.  so many awesomely funny moments.  plus there was a major fashion highlight: this modcloth coat.  and guess what?  it's only $125.  i love when tv shows use clothes you can actually afford to recreate. 
image from jcrew.com
plaid perfect shirt and circle skirt from j.crew.  such a perfect christmas eve outfit.  add some navy tights and some brown boots and boom! outfit completion.  if you haven't noticed a pattern, i've mentioned tights multiple times in this post.  it's getting pretty chilly around these parts, so i can't imagine having bare legs anytime soon.  also, the fact that this skirt has pockets makes it absolutely perfect.  love.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Winter Flowers

today i received my first round of christmas gifts that i bought online.  it really is the most wonderful time of the year.  coming home to packages every day (even if those packages aren't for me) is such an awesome feeling.  i did buy one thing for myself.  i've been on the look out for a new statement necklace to wear to an upcoming wedding i have in a few weeks and i've finally found it.
this blue flowered beauty is from j.crew factory store.  i got it on super sale plus free shipping.  can't wait to rock some winter flowers to a december wedding.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Watch Out Or The Tree Gets It

in case you were wondering my apple pie was a smashing success on thanksgiving.  i guess all this time i've been a closet pie baker.  who knew.  i hope everyone's thanksgivings were delightful.  mine were lovely, but quite long.  i did get dolled up in a new dress to celebrate the occasion.
this plaid beauty from the gap was the perfect thanksgiving outfit.  it was loose enough to be able to stuff my face, but had a matching tie belt to give some shape.  i also want to steal one of AJD's belts and try it with a menswear brown belt on my next wear.  the tights are from target (merona size medium/tall aka the greatest size ever created for tall ladies), and the boots are old anne klein.

AJD and i spent the majority of the remaining long weekend watching 19 episodes of homeland (we're all caught up now), some dexter, and a bunch of movies.  it was super relaxing.  on sunday we figured it was time to leave the house, so we went out to breakfast, then saw argo at the moooovies (even though you know the ending, it keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole time), and then we headed to cut down our christmas tree.

growing up, my family always cut down our own christmas tree.  i guess a lot of people don't do this, but this tradition i've continued on with AJD.  i mean it's not really christmas until you kill a tree.
this is me in my new hat from the gap (it's awesomely warm and has a pom pom) getting super nervous for our tree.

and then the tree got it...
the tree didn't stand a chance. 

but now, it looks even better.  plus we're feeding it water, so we're not torturers (i know.  i've been watching way too much homeland).

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Apple Pie. Nailed It.

tonight the baking extravaganza continued, with my first try at apple pie from scratch.  i used my trusty food processer to make the crust, and it worked like a champ.
i have to say, i was most nervous to make the crust (probably because it's my favorite part of the pie), but it turned out to be super simple.  
next up was the apple filling.  i used a mix of apples from russell orchards in ipswich and a couple cortland apples i bought at the grocery store.  i covered those bad boys in a cinnamon and sugar mixture and voila, pie filling.
finally, i got a little creative with the air holes.  the recipe said to just make x's, but i brought it back old school with designs just like my mom used to do.

i can't wait for the taste test tomorrow.  i have to say, regardless of a taste, she's a beauty.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Pumpkinhead

in prep for turkey day on thursday, i came home from work and immediately started baking.  i am not a baker.  i don't like that you have to put in exact amount of ingredients.  i like to throw shit around when i'm cooking, but when you bake you have to follow the recipe and do what the bigwhig cooks say.  my big gripe is with butter.  i prefer to just melt it in the microwave.  so much easier to mix.  i know this is very un-kosher when it comes to baking, but you know what?  these pumpkin chocolate chip cookies are freaking delicious, melted butter and all.  so i guess melting butter in the microwave is my way of sticking it to the man.

if you're so inclined for these amazing cookies, here's the recipe (from moosewood cookbook):

1 cup butter, at room temp (or in the microwave if you're a rebel)
1 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 egg lightly beaten
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups unbleached all purpose white flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp salt
bag o'chocolate chips

preheat over to 375

in large mixing bow, cream together butter and sugar.  add pumpkin, egg, and vanilla and mix until well blended.  sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, salt, and add to the mixing bowl.  stir well to form a soft batter.  stir in the chocolate chips.

drop teaspoons onto large, unoiled baking sheet.  bake for 10-15 minutes until slightly brown on bottom.  

the baking extravaganza continues tomorrow with my first ever attempt at apple pie (from scratch)!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Whoa Major Blog Fail

woops.  haven't posted since last monday.  big blog fail.  i thought about going back and writing the blog posts that i had planned for every day last week (that's right i had stuff to write about, i just got lazy and/or busy), but i decided to just forget about last week, and move forward.

this past weekend, i purchased my wedding dress.  huzzah!  i can't show pictures since AJD reads the blog, but just know that it's awesome and i'll post pictures in september.  don't hold your breath.  that's a long time from now.

besides that, AJD and i laid low.  we watched a lot of dexter on demand (kind of jumping the shark for me.  ever since john lithgow's season it hasn't been as good), we watched a lot of football (go pats!), and we ate a lot (mmm pizza, turkey chili, and roast beef sandwiches - don't worry all separate meals on multiple days).  not super awesome for my diet, but it was all delicious.

on top of the tasty food AJD and i got to imbibe in our homebrewed oktoberfest beer.
dark and delicious.  cheers!

Monday, November 12, 2012

They Looked Back at Me, Remotely, Possessed by Intense Life

this past weekend was wedding central over in these parts, so not much to report on fun things i did.  i did accomplish narrowing my dress down to one, but i still need to go back to actually make the purchase.  on sunday, AJD and i locked down our florist, so two big checks happened this weekend.

checking back in on my 30 before 30 challenge i made for myself, i checked off something on that list as well last week.  i finished re-reading the great gatsby.  i wanted to reread the book before the new movie comes out with leonardo dicaprio.
image from vgrevolution.com
i totally forgot how depressing this book is.  i am still pumped for the movie, but pumped in a different way (meaning i'll have to be in the mood to be down in the dumps after seeing the movie.  the ending is a killer - literally and figuratively).  AJD made the comment that carey mulligan is only in depressing movies, and once again that statement fits with this movie.  but leonardo dicaprio is in it as the babe so i obviously have to see it.  ever since leo was in romeo and juliet back in the day with claire danes, i just can't quit him.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Love

image from facebook.com
mindy kaling on the improper bostonian magazine cover.  i love me some mindy.  if you haven't checked out her new show, the mindy project, you definitely should.  the show is still trying to find its footing, but mindy herself is amazeballs (she even gets an extra stamp of approval since she's originally from massachusetts).
image from shop.nordstrom.com
fendi's new line of striped bags.  super pricey, but so purdy.  there's so many different styles of bags, all with the traditional fendi stripes.  love the reddish/orangish pop of color on the cross body bag.
image from denmanbrush.com
daniel craig in james bond.  grrr.  skyfall on sunday, yes please.  daniel gets a double grrr on this friday.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Do You Like Apples?

continuing with the weekend recap, sunday was a super fall day.  it was perfect fall weather and AJD and I partook in a perfect fall activity.
we headed to russell orchards in ipswich, ma for their apple and wine festival.  AJD and i have been super busy, so we missed out on pick your own apples, so we figured drinking wine and buying apples was the next best thing.
the wine tasting was bumping.  there were 4 stations and you got to try about 6-8 wines at each station. all of russell orchard's wines are fruit wines or hard ciders.  all the stations also had fudge, meats, cheeses, and nuts to cleanser one's palate. 
after drinking a whole bunch of wine, we then used our tickets that we had purchased at the start for some apple crisp and caramel apples.  so delicious.
and then we finished the car ride home with some amazing apples cider donuts.  perfection.

Monday, November 5, 2012

No Envy, No Fear

this weekend was chock full, so my recap will span over two days (it was that good).  saturday during the day, AJD and i went to a college football game, i got a mild raccoon tan on one side of my face from the sun which has since thankfully faded, ate some delicious greek food, and then headed into boston to see joshua radin in concert.

i've been a huge fan for years now and have never seen his show until now.  as suspected, he was amazing live.  he was super witty while chatting to the crowd, but my favorite highlight was when he unplugged his guitar and stepped away from the mic during "no envy, no fear" and let the orpheum theatre do the work.  he sounded awesome without the help of electronics and it was something totally different that i had never seen done before.

here are some photos i snapped during the evening:
the orpheum is one of my favorite venues in boston.  so much better than house of blues.  i don't know if it was joshua radin or the concert organizers, but when we arrived we were told our tickets had been upgraded, so we got to watch the whole show five rows from the stage, which is by far the closest i've ever sat during a concert.  pure awesomeness ensued.